Imagine Entertainment


Imagine Entertainment hires Netflix exec to drive global expansion

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment has hired a top Netflix exec to lead its global expansion. Swati Shetty is to serve as EVP of international content for the business, whose recent TV credits include Genius: Picasso, Empire and feature doc Pavarotti. She most recently served as director of international originals and acquisitions at Netflix, […]

Netflix buys buzzy Ukraine comedy drama

Netflix has acquired Servant of the People and the hit Ukrainian comedy drama will play on the SVOD operator’s international services. It has landed a show currently in the news, after Fox optioned it last week, with a view to making a US version. Today’s deal is global, meaning Netflix will bring the original version […]

Fox taking Ukrainian drama format into the US

Fox Studios has scooped the rights to Ukrainian political comedy Servant of the People and will attempt to get the show away in the US. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer prodco Imagine Entertainment will make the US version of the show, which follows an ordinary teacher who, after venting his spleen at the state of […]

Another ex-MTG exec joins Antenna

Former Modern Times Group COO Marc Zagar has joined Greece-based broadcaster Antenna Group as CFO. Zagar joins from telecoms group Millicom, where he was group CFO and head of financial planning. Prior to that he was on Scandinavia-based MTG’s executive committee board, holding various high-level roles. Antenna is gearing up for expansion, having recently hired […]

Ron Howard’s Imagine receives investment

Empire coproducer Imagine Entertainment has received “a significant investment” from global merchant bank The Raine Group. This will allow LA-based producer Imagine, which Ron Howard and Brain Grazer lead, to move into branded content and digital formats. The money may also be used to finance “organic growth opportunities” and “potential acquisitions”. “With Raine’s investment, Imagine […]

Howard, Grazer head to Red Planet with Nat Geo

Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and and Michael Rosenberg have partnered with National Geographic Channel on a “groundbreaking global miniseries event”. The Imagine Entertainment trio will executive produce Red Planet (WT) along with Jusin Wilkes and Dave O’Connor from RadicalMedia. The show will launch on Nat Geo in 171 territories and in 44 languages next year. […]

Discovery-backed studio funds digital scripted

New Form Digital, the Discovery Communications- and Ron Howard-backed production incubator, is backing 10 short online scripted films. The projects represent a second round of the studio’s Incubator Series, which financially backs projects from established, emerging and new digital filmmakers, helping to develop, produce and distribute them. The new projects cover a range of genres […]

Gavin & Stacey US remake among Fox pick-ups

The Sony Pictures Television-produced remake of BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey is among five comedies US broadcast network Fox has picked up ahead of next week’s Upfronts. Four dramas have also been ordered. Us & Them, which is based on the popular BBC3 show about a couple that fall in love despite living on different […]